Manchester United take on Arsenal in a huge test for the Red Devils, as they bid to test themselves against the title challengers.
United come into the game after an impressive 5-1 victory in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland, as well as fending of Shrewsbury Town 3-0 in the FA Cup.
Two consecutive wins has given United manager Louis Van Gaal confidence going into this weekend’s crunch match with the Gunners, and the Dutchman has admitted that there seems to be a new found buzz around the United training ground. He said: “I have never seen the dressing room quite so happy and relaxed.
“Not only the players who played, but those on the bench and those who are injured, they were all laughing and talking with each other and happy.”
Real test for United
Van Gaal is expecting a difficult afternoon, with the Gunners looking to get back to winning ways after going down 2-0 against Barcelona in midweek.
The Dutchman continued: “It’s a challenge on Sunday, more than a challenge because we have to play within two days (of the Midtjylland win) and that’s also difficult, but I think the recovery shall go better than ever.”
With United currently fifth in the Premier League they sit ten points behind Sundays opponents, and are in need of a result if they are to keep chase with the top four.
The last time the two sides met, the red devils were thumped 3-0 away from home as the Gunners blew United away in the first half, and van Gaal will know his side have to begin the game well if they are to take three points from Arsene Wenger’s side.
Injury woes for United
The home side are still depleted by injuries with Anthony Martial the latest casualty, the Frenchman was injured in the warm up against Midtjylland therefore missed the Europa league match and looks set to miss out this weekend with a hamstring injury.
Marcus Rashford, who scored two goals on his debut in midweek, replaced Martial and could be in contention to keep his place in the side, with United currently short of striking options as Wayne Rooney is also injured.
David De Gea and Chris Smalling could come back into the side after overcoming minor injuries, but the match could come too soon for Antonio Valencia and Adnan Januzaj, who are nearing their returns to action.
Arsenal are yet to beat United in the league at Old Trafford since 2006 and if they fail to this weekend and United turn out victorious, then the reds will be the first team to win 50 top-flight home games against Arsenal.